Essays

Recently Kickstarter made some changes to their polices and those who had been happily using the service and enjoying the ability to raise funds for their project might have grown a little anxious wondering whether these changes would be for the better or for the worse, and how in general it might affect them. Meanwhile…

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I have a colleague who is passionate about chocolate. But not just passionate about consuming it, but radically passionate about where he is consuming it from. I discovered this passion one day after giving him a Mars bar. For the next two days the bar sat unopened on his desk until he could determine without…

Read More What do cocoa beans and leadership have in common?

Look at these characters from Star Wars. They all look so relaxed and happy, despite the fact they are taking on the Death Star. What if we could feel as relaxed and happy as they do in our stress filled lives. A new Harvard study says that we can, and it has to do with…

Read More Did you know that your body language can make you happier? I didn’t.

The notion of UX design has been thrown around a lot in the web for the last few years. User experience is important, that’s easy to understand. The last time you had a negative experience at a restaurant or hotel did you go back? On the web it is no different, especially in a space…

Read More Why design matters a lot, but not the way we think!

Last year, 11 months ago, Gizmodo posted an article claiming Grooveshark Will Soon Be Destroyed. Man, I am glad they got that one wrong. I love Grooveshark. I admit, I never used Grooveshark in the old days. In fact I only stumbled upon it in the last year. (After it was supposed to be dead).…

Read More Why I am glad Gizmodo got it wrong about Grooveshark

So tonight I attended a brilliant talk on leadership by Dave Olson. When I wasn’t aggressively taking notes I found myself nodding in agreement. Here is a summary of the 10 traits of an amazing leader. 1. It’s where the buck stops We are all leaders. Some seem to naturally attract people’s respect and ears,…

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Burnout is the worst. There is nothing quite like it. You go from performing at 100% to less than 50% and there is nothing you can do to boost your output. Not even caffeine helps. I remember the first time I experienced burnout. We had just attended a trade show in Toronto. The months prior…

Read More Burnout kills. 7 simple ways to overcome burnout learned from personal experience!

Here are three of the things I would have done differently when originally founding my startup┬áhad I started with the knowledge and experience that I have today. Testing grounds. Originally when we developed our products we never really tested them. Instead, we built our products to work the way we imagined they would and then…

Read More 3 simple ways we could have built our startup faster and cheaper!